Use the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is a strong, reliable way to project your content, photos, and videos to a big screen.

How to set up your adapter

Before you begin

Here are some things to know before you start using your adapter:

  • The adapter works best if you have both an HDMI port and a USB charging port on your HDTV, monitor, or projector.

  • This adapter needs to be connected to a USB charging port because it draws power from the USB connectoin.

  • Make sure your Windows 10 device has the latest updates. For info on checking updates, go to Update Windows 10.

There are different versions of the wireless display adapter. The cable length and dimensions are slightly different for each one.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

Illustration of a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (with Microsoft Four Square logo)

Illustration of a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (With Microsoft Four Square Logo)

Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter

Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter

Set up your adapter

Here's how to set up your adapter on the second display:

  1. Plug the HDMI end of your adapter into the HDMI port on your HDTV, monitor, or projector.

  2. Plug the USB end of the adapter into a USB charging port on your second display. If your display doesn't have a USB charging port, plug the USB end into any standard USB Type-A charger with 5W (5V/1A).

  3. On your second display, set the input to HDMI. If you're not sure how to do this, check the manual that came with it.

Connect to your adapter

Here's how to connect to your adapter on a Windows 10 PC:

  1. On your Windows 10 device, press Windows logo key + K.

  2. Select the name of your adapter from the list of available connections. The name is shown on your second display.

For other Miracast® enabled devices, look for Miracast or Cast in Settings and follow your device's instructions.

Use the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app

To change the settings for your adapter, update the firmware, and more, you'll need the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app. Here's how to install it from the Microsoft Store: 

  1. Select Start , then select All Apps > Microsoft Store.

  2. Make sure you're signed in with your Microsoft account.

  3. In the search box, enter Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.

  4. Select the app, then select Get. The app will install on your device.

Update your adapter

Here's how to update the firmware on your adapter:

  1. Connect your Windows 10 device to your adapter.

  2. Open the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app.

  3. Select Update & security. If an update is available, select Update. You'll need to keep the app open and stay connected to the adapter until updates are completed.

  4. To keep your adapter up to date, turn on Update adapter automatically. Updates will take place when updates are available and your adapter is connected to your Windows 10 device.

Change the name of your adapter

Make it easier to recognize your adapter by changing its name. Here's how:

  1. Connect your Windows 10 device to your adapter.

  2. Open the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app.

  3. Select Personalization and enter the name you want. The change will take effect the next time you connect your adapter.

  4. Disconnect and reconnect to your adapter to see the change right away.

Prevent others from connecting to your adapter

You can prevent others from pairing with your adapter or using it without your permission. Here's how: 

  1. Connect your Windows 10 device to your adapter.

  2. Open the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app.

  3. Select Update & security and turn on Enter a PIN when connecting a new device.

Change the network your adapter is connected to

Get better performance when your Windows 10 device and adapter are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If you need to change the network your adapter is connected to, here's how: 

  1. Connect your Windows 10 device to your adapter.

  2. Open the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app and select Network.

  3. Choose the network you want and select Connect.

Note: This only applies to Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter. 

Related topics

Need more help?

Expand your skills
Explore Training
Get new features first
Join Microsoft Insiders

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.

×